National Arts Centre November Lineup Includes Livestreamed Performances From Venues Across Canada

The National Arts Centre (NAC) today announced its November lineup of live and online performances and events. This month features many livestreamed shows from the NAC in Ottawa, as well as from venues around the country. The NAC began a gradual return to live performances on its stages in early September, closely following public health guidelines. For now, audiences can watch performances and events online from the comfort of their own homes.

This fall’s artistic programming, which is announced monthly, is part of the NAC’s ongoing commitment to supporting the recovery and renewal of the Canadian performing arts sector, as outlined in The Next Act, its three-year strategic plan released in August 2020. The NAC has also worked with over 40 arts organizations to bring together tools and resources intended to help performing arts centres and venues across the country to navigate the path to re-opening in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. They are available to all arts professionals, producers, managers and workers on the NAC Web site


NAC Popular Music and Variety

The NAC has expanded its highly successful Fridays at the Fourth Emerging Music Series to venues across Canada. These livestreamed performances are part of the ongoing #CanadaPerforms series launched in March 2020 as a relief fund for performing artists. It has since become an important livestreaming platform thanks to an extended collaboration with its founding partner, Facebook Canada.

November 6:  Catriona Strurton & Libby Rodenbough (rerun)
November 13:- Jennah Barry  (from The Legion in Mahone Bay, NS)
November 20: Djely Tapa (from the Lion D'Or in Montreal)
November 27:  Command Sisters (from the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto​)

How to watch: Events will be livestreamed on the NAC Popular Music and Variety Facebook page.

NAC Dance

NAC Dance has kicked off a new virtual dance series of livestreams titled #DanceForth, showcasing incredible Canadian dance artists with a wide range of styles. The series partners with centres and presenters across the country including The Dance Centre in Vancouver, Neighbourhood Dance Works in St. John’s and Ottawa Dance Directive’s Series Dance 10 to offer dance fans access to a variety of works by artists from coast to coast.

#DanceForth continues on Thursdays this month with four livestreamed performances:

Untitled 1 by Andrea Peña & Artists
Date: November 5 at 7 p.m. (EST) from the NAC Fourth Stage in Ottawa
Description: This work explores the notion of human vulnerability as a resilient force.

Icône Pop by Mélanie Demers/MAYDAY Danse
Date: November 12 at 7 p.m. (EST). Livestreamed from the loading dock of the NAC in Ottawa
Description: A striptease of the utmost modesty. Between an arrogant need for freedom and a sordid need to be validated, we witness an undermining of the female identity, with all its clichés.

Long’s Hill Walk by Louise Moyes / Docudance
Date: November 19 at 5:30 p.m. (EST). Livestreamed from St. John’s, NL
Description: This work brings us face-to-face with the issues that shape a community and how dance, and the act of walking, can express the resilient nature of its people. Told through those who live and have lived in the Long’s Hill area in historic downtown St. John’s.

Oderin Directed by Charlie Tomlinson. Performed by Sarah Joy Stoker, Andrea Tucker, Amber Borotsik
Date: November 26 5:30 p.m. (EST). Livestreamed from St. John’s, NL
Description: A tender and raw account of a personal mother - daughter relationship, this work brings rich and complex human experiences to life through an provocative multidisciplinary collaborative lens.

How to watch: All #DanceForth livestreams can be accessed via the NAC’s #CanadaPerforms Web page.

National Arts Centre Orchestra

The full NAC Orchestra performs on Southam Hall stage on Saturday, November 7 and 14 with another date to be announced shortly.These livestreamed concerts will bring you on a musical journey of discovery and delight as we explore repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary  bringing to life the incredible talents of diverse artists.

Affairs of the Heart
Date: Saturday, November 7 at 8 p.m.
Coincident Dances by JESSIE MONTGOMERY
Trombone Concerto by HENRI TOMASI (Hillary Simms, trombone)
Affairs of the Heart by MARJAN MOZETICH (Duncan McDougall, violin)
Sinfonietta by VIOLET ARCHER

Curiosity, Genius, and the Search for Petula Clark
Date: Saturday, November 14 at 8 p.m.
Ballade for Orchestra by SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR
Curiosity, Genius, and the Search for Petula Clark by KELLY-MARIE MURPHY
Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22 by CHOPIN
Symphony No. 41 in C major, “Jupiter” by MOZART

How to watch: These NAC Orchestra concerts will be livestreamed on the NAC Web site from the event pages for Affairs of the Heart (Nov 7) and Curiosity, Genius, and the Search for Petula Clark (Nov 14). No tickets will be sold to this performance.

In addition to the Saturday concerts, don’t miss the Tuesday, November 17 NACO at the Fourth livestream on the NAC Website, featuring NAC Orchestra concertmaster Yosuke Kawasaki and associate concertmaster Jessica Linnebach, who will perform lively violin duos. on Tuesday

NAC French Theatre

NAC’s French Theatre invites you to see theatre in a new light this November with a brand new multidisciplinary platform born in pandemic times for young audiences and a play from Jean Marc Dalpé in podcast form for the general public.

Ersatz (Starts Monday, November 9)
Description: Ersatz is not theatre but rather a portal through which you can access a ton of off-road discoveries. Creative projects, videos, multiple resources and learning tools—that’s just a taste of what’s on offer for you to explore anytime, in the classroom or even in your living room.

La Queens
Podcast: starts Friday, November 27
Staged reading (if permitted by public health restrictions): Friday, November 27, 7:30 p.m. in Azrieli Studio
Description: By the side of a road in northern Ontario stands La Queens, a motor inn owned by two sisters. The older sister wants to sell it as soon as possible, but the younger one wants to keep it at all costs to preserve the family heritage. Marie-Thérèse Fortin and Dominique Quesnel play the central pair in this new play with echoes of identity, written by Jean Marc Dalpé.

In addition to the staged reading, La Queens will be presented as a free theatre podcast divided into four twenty-minute episodes with original music by Larsen Lupin. A coproduction of NAC French Theatre and the Scène Nationale du Son.

NAC Indigenous Theatre

Beaded Poppy Workshop (Sold Out)
Dates: On November 3 and 4
Description: Learn how to make a simple beaded poppy for Indigenous Veterans Day and Remembrance Day using a single needle flat beadwork technique. Suitable for beginner beaders and experienced beaders alike (ages 16 and up).

Adàwàning, Indigenous Women’s Virtual Art Market
Dates: November 27 to 29
Description: NAC Indigenous Theatre’s 3rd annual Indigenous Women’s Art Market is going virtual. The public is once again invited to come and support local Indigenous women artists and artisans. The  Market features the diverse and amazing work of Métis, Inuit and First Nations makers. Browse jewelry, beadwork, paintings, sculptures, mittens, moccasins, coffee, crafts, and much more.

NAC English Theatre

Grand Acts of Theatre is an initiative led by NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley in which 11 of Canada’s most innovative theatre companies have been engaged to create and perform large-scale, new works in response to these times, in front of live audiences in various Canadian locations. 

Grand Acts of Theatre Opening Video Series:

The NAC national audiences can finally discover via on-demand video the first four performances, now available online on the NAC’s Grand Acts of Theatre Web page:

Grand Acts of Theatre’s second series of videos will be released in December.

Grand Acts of Theatre  Live Performance:

The following production will be performed outdoors in front of a live audience, filmed, and later shared with a national and international audience online.

November 17 (Date subject to change): Artcirq (Igloolik, NU) - Tauvigjuag (The Great Darkness)  


The Siminovitch Prize Foundation and the NAC invite the public to watch the 20th anniversary, virtual Siminovitch Prize ceremony on Thursday, November 26 at 7 p.m. EST. The Siminovitch Prize, which is the most prestigious prize in Canadian theatre, this year honours playwrights. The shortlist includes Carmen Aguirre (Vancouver), Tara Beagan (Mohkintsis/Calgary), Martin Bellemare (Montreal), Karen Hines (Calgary/Toronto), and Annick Lefebvre (Montreal).  This inclusive, interactive celebration will gather Canadian theatre makers and theatre lovers together to honour the shortlisted artists and unveil the laureate. The virtual event will be hosted by the highly acclaimed Quebec actor, director and playwright Mani Soleymanlou. Best  known as the founding artistic director of the Montreal-based theatre company Orange Noyée, in August the NAC announced his appointment as Artistic Director of French Theatre, a post he will begin in September 2021.


The NAC Foundation would like to thank the following lead sponsors and donors for making programming at the NAC possible: The Azrieli Foundation, BMO Financial Group, Facebook Canada, The Jenepher Hooper Fund for Theatre at the National Arts Centre, Mark Motors Group, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Excellence in the Performing Arts, The RBC Foundation, and The Slaight Family Foundation. Thanks also to our many other supporters across the country.


The National Arts Centre is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, produces, and co-produces performing arts programming in various streams—the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, and Popular Music and Variety—and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. The NAC is located in the National Capital Region on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation.



Alexandra Campeau
Communications Officer
NAC Orchestra and NAC Dance


Camylle Gauthier-Trépanier
Communications Officer
NAC French Theatre


Nadia Kharyati
Communications Officer
NAC Popular Music & Variety

Carl Martin
Senior Advisor, Communications
National Arts Centre

Sean Fitzpatrick
Communications Officer  
NAC English Theatre and NAC Indigenous Theatre



Annabelle Cloutier
Executive Director
NAC Communications and Public Affairs


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